United States Vaping Index: A Consumer-Friendly Regulatory Approach to Vaping Products

Summary of Study

Bottom Line: This analysis ranks U.S. states by vaping freedom in terms of flavor restrictions, taxes, and online purchase regulations. There are serious inequities between states when it comes to vaping permissiveness and harm reduction. According to these metrics, the five worst states are California, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

To rank each state, this index creates a uniquely weighted scoring system that analyzes flavor restrictions, taxes, and the ability to sell vaping products online. Regulations are assessed based on how stringent they are in addition to existing regulations promulgated by the Food and Drug Administration.

With flavor restrictions that go beyond federal bans, states are reducing options and the desirability of vaping products for adult smokers looking to switch. This is harmful not only to the nascent vaping industry mostly made up of independent shops, but for every potential consumer who would like a less harmful alternative to traditional tobacco.

In states with higher taxes on vaping products, the average price of any vape device and its liquids is more expensive than states without additional taxes. In states with the lowest ranking, taxes on vaping are higher than they are for traditional tobacco products like cigarettes and cigars. That is not only antithetical to public health, but it demonstrates a lack of information on the part of state legislators.

The ability to buy vaping products online is a necessary tool for adult consumers who prefer custom devices, liquids, and more that they cannot find in their local communities. Using age-restricted websites to procure these products helps consumers to more conveniently and easily order what they need directly to their home. While it empowers vapers, it also helps grow independent businesses that can stock and ship products to send directly to consumers. States that ban online sales of vaping products are pushing online sales to the black market.

A GRADE STATES:

FLORIDA / MICHIGAN / MONTANA / OREGON / ALABAMA / ALASKA / ARIZONA / ARKANSAS / COLORADO / GEORGIA / HAWAII / IDAHO / INDIANA / IOWA / MARYLAND / MISSISSIPPI / MISSOURI / NEBRASKA / NORTH DAKOTA / OKLAHOMA / SOUTH CAROLINA / SOUTH DAKOTA / TENNESSEE / TEXAS / VIRGINIA.

C GRADE STATES:

CONNECTICUT / UTAH / WASHINGTON / DELAWARE / DC / KANSAS / KENTUCKY / LOUISIANA / MAINE / MINNESOTA / NEVADA / NEW HAMPSHIRE / NEW MEXICO / NORTH CAROLINA / OHIO / PENNSYLVANIA / VERMONT / WEST VIRGINIA / WISCONSIN / WYOMING.

F GRADE STATES:

NEW YORK / CALIFORNIA / ILLINOIS/ MASSACHUSETTS / NEW JERSEY / RHODE ISLAND. 

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Level of State Vaping Regulations on Flavor, Taxes, and Online Regulations

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Findings:

  • This analysis ranks U.S. states by vaping freedom in terms of flavor restrictions, taxes, and online purchase regulations. 
  • There are serious inequities between states when it comes to vaping permissiveness and harm reduction. 
  • According to these metrics, the five worst states are California, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. 

Read the full report HERE